The Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation has dismissed the endorsement of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PAP) for the forthcoming presidential election, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing the backing as one propelled by desperation of power-mongers and questionable characters who wish to return Nigeria to the era of unbridled corruption.
The organisation, in a statement by its Director, Strategic Communications, Barr. Festus Keyamo, added that Nigerians would soon be called upon to choose between returning them to the era of corrupt presidents and their deputies or continuing on the path of transparency and people-oriented government.
“We see this gathering as a confederate of desperate power- mongers and questionable characters who wish to return us to the era of unbridled corruption. It is significant that the meeting was held in a building which has become the symbol of corruption of the Obasanjo years, where a sitting president collected monies from known government hangers-on and contractors to build a ‘Presidential Library’ in clear viola-tion of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers. We hope President Obasanjo would one day return Governor Ayo Fayose’s N10 million to that building as Fayose has requested.
It is a significant reminder of the difference between the past and the present,” the campaign organization said. Noting that Nigerians have not forgotten all the unprintable things touching on the lack of character, lack of integrity and corruptibility of Atiku that Obasanjo has repeatedly told the whole world, the Buhari Campaign Organisation, said the desperation to get the endorsement of the former president by the PDP and its candidate is a clear sign that they want to return Nigeria to the sordid past where a few people decided who should govern the country.
The organisation also said it was bemused why Atiku, who intends to be president, has for the past 11 years, consistently begged for “forgiveness” from a man who has consistently and unequivocally called him a very corrupt fellow, insisting that rather rely on an individual, President Buhari is banking on the peoples’ support to get reelected. The statement read in part: “The desperation to get the endorsement of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo by the PDP and its candidate is a clear sign that they want to return us to our sordid past where a few people decide who should govern us. In 2014/2015, President Muhammadu Buhari and his team, out of respect and convention, paid courtesy calls on prominent individuals and statesmen in the course of their campaigns when they visited cities in which these individuals lived.
“However, Nigerians should note that President Buhari was never reported to have groveled and ‘begged’ anyone for forgiveness, just to be endorsed as a presidential candidate. Ultimately, he relied on the people of Nigeria to decide his fate. President Buhari would continue to rely on the endorsement of the people of Nigeria to be re-elected.
“Interestingly, just a few weeks ago, specifically on the 4th of August, 2018, Chief Obasanjo was widely reported to have said ‘God will never forgive me if I support Atiku for President.’ Whilst we acknowledge the constitutional right of the ex-president to support anyone of his choice, we draw attention of all God-fearing Nigerians to a character who would use the name of God in vain and in a flip-flop manner in just a matter of weeks. Where is the shame? Where is the honour? Where is the pride? “When a person invokes the curse of God upon himself if he does a particular thing, like Obasanjo has done, and then deliberately does that particularly thing and calls on Nigerians to follow him to receive his curse, Nigerians must flee in the opposite direction. We urge Nigerians NOT to follow this character to receive the curse he invoked upon himself.”
Faulting some religious leaders, who were in the entourage of the PDP for the political realignment, the Buhari Campaign Organisation urges Nigerians to see their previous, present and future attacks on President Buhari from their pulpits in the context of partisan politics and not in the context of nationalistic or altruistic commitment.
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